Saints (-3) at Panthers Betting Preview

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By Scott Gramling
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey is one of the best running backs in the league.
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New Orleans Saints (-3) at Carolina Panthers
Sunday 9/19, 1:00 p.m. ET

Three things you need to know before betting on Saints-Panthers:

1. The road team has gotten the best of this head-to-head matchup in recent seasons, with the visitor having gone 11-4 against the spread in games between the Saints and Panthers since the start of the 2014 season. New Orleans comes into this one having gone 4-2 straight-up and 5-1 against the spread over its past five trips to Carolina. That includes a 33-7 victory as a 6-point road favorite last season and a 42-10 blowout of the Panthers as a 14-point road favorite in 2019.

2. The Panthers struggled to string together consecutive strong performances in Matt Rhule’s first season as the team’s head coach in 2020, going 1-5 against the spread at home when coming off an against-the-spread win—Carolina had a point differential of minus-59 over those six games. The Saints, meanwhile, have tended to build on strong performances like the 38-3 blowout of the Packers as a 3.5-point underdog on a neutral field in Jacksonville this past Sunday. New Orleans is 10-3-1 against the spread on the road under head coach Sean Payton when coming off an upset victory. The Saints are also 11-3 against the spread on the road under Payton when coming off a win by more than 20 points, and they’re 17-5-1 against the spread on the road under Payton when coming off a game in which they scored 35 or more points.

3. The Saints and Panthers have tended to play relatively high-scoring games against each other in recent years, with the Over having gone 11-3 over the past 14 meetings between the teams. The Over is 17-8 in September Saints games since the start of the 2014 season, which includes a 3-0 mark in 2020 when more than 56 points were scored in all three of New Orleans’ September games. 

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